Matt Miller is one of the most-trusted NFL draft scouts on the internet.
You can find Miller on Bleacher Report or the Stick To Football podcast, and you can always keep up with him on Twitter. Late Monday night, he was out on the Twitter streets carrying an “I love the 2018 Cowboys” sign, and he made a lot of interesting points.
Thinking about who I’m going to pick to win each division and I REALLY like the #cowboys. Maybe I’m too optimistic on Dak, but they’re a playoff team even if I pick Philly to win NFCE.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) July 10, 2018
Dak Prescott is obviously the biggest point of contention when considering who the Cowboys will or won’t be this season. If he’s his 2016 (and first half of 2017) self things can potentially be a lot of fun. If he’s who he was over the second half of last year, well, it could be rough.
There are a lot of reasons (besides who he’s been for a majority of his short career) to believe in Prescott and his Cowboys teammates. Miller outlined them all in a follow-up tweet.
Best OL in football. Betting on Dak being “back” with Zeke for 16 games. Don’t think Dez is a loss. Defense will be faster and more aggressive now.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) July 10, 2018
The biggest point of contention outside of the quarterback position for Cowboys detractors lies within their pass-catchers situation. Dez Bryant was released. Jason Witten retired. Brice Butler and Ryan Switzer are both gone as well. The point is there is massive turnover there.
Dallas only signed a free agent that people really like in Allen Hurns (plus a fun option in Deonte Thompson), traded for Tavon Austin, and drafted two receivers (with one, Michael Gallup, in the top 100) to try and make their receiving group better. Bringing in five guys that each have their own unique upside would be enough for most, but there are still those left dissatisfied and questioning how it could work this season with major absences. Miller addressed that, too.
Yes, actually. I’ll guarantee Hurns and others get those targets. It’s not about who gets targets, but who makes the most of those chances. Dez was down. Witten, while a HOFer, was struggling.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) July 10, 2018
Also, players develop. Might get a surprise. https://t.co/HnePi7FLjm
There’s no question that Matt Miller’s Monday night thoughts on the Cowboys are leaning more towards the optimistic side of the spectrum, but they’re all very fair and reasonable. Despite what others think, it is absolutely fair and reasonable to expect Dak to return to form with Elliott next to him for a full season, and it’s totally plausible that the receiving group doesn’t miss a beat in terms of overall production.
What do you think about Miller’s thoughts? Are they too optimistic, or definitely attainable?